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07.14.11 / Easy Greek Spread

I’ve had a few requests for more recipes on House*Tweaking.  Which is strange.  Because I’m a horrible cook, chef, baker – whatever.  I find no joy in cooking {I think it has to do with the fact that it’s extremely difficult to find one dish that every single person in my family will eat!} but I absolutely LOVE eating, so I cook to save money.  I approach it just like any other DIY project.  But in all honesty, I’d rather be painting than cooking.

Lo and behold, I recently found a tasty spread that everyone in my family will eat.  That’s somewhat of a miracle in our house.  So, I thought I’d share the recipe with you.  It’s a Greek cracker spread that’s easy, healthy and perfect for all those fresh veggies found in your garden or at the farmer’s market.  Here’s what you’ll need:

8 oz. hummus {whatever type you like – I’ve used traditional and roasted red pepper – or make your own}

6 oz. plain Greek yogurt

½ tsp. pepper

1 tsp. lemon juice

½ cucumber, seeded and chopped

2 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped

½ bunch of green onions, chopped

½ c. kalamata olives, quartered {not shown above because I forgot to take them out of the fridge for the picture!}

6 oz. feta cheese, crumbled

1 red pepper, thinly sliced

1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

Spread the hummus into the bottom of a 8″x8″ or 9″x9″ glass dish.

Mix together the Greek yogurt, pepper and lemon juice in a small bowl.

Spread the yogurt mixture over the hummus.

Top the yogurt mixture with cucumber, tomatoes, onions, olives, cheese and red pepper.

Drizzle the olive oil over top.

Mmmmmm…

Spoon the Greek spread onto pita crackers or chips and enjoy!  We can kill an entire dish of this spread in one day.  No joke.  It’s my new favorite summer eat.  What’s yours?

images:  all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

31 Comments

14.July.2011

That looks delicious! Savory appetizers – right up my alley!

I’ve always been a better cook than a baker, which is why I’ve been trying to tackle some new cookies and cakes this summer, rather than pizzas and sandwiches. Just made an amazing strawberry blue velvet cake over 4th of July, and it was a huge hit at my BBQ. Plus, the addition of summer berries makes it TO DIE FOR.

http://peoplejustfloat.blogspot.com/2011/07/strawberry-blue-velvet-cake.html

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14.July.2011

I may just give your recipe a try (minus the olives). Thanks to my neighbor, I now LOVE eating guacamole! It was interesting to know that he only used frozen peas, garlic, lime and salt to make the dish. Simple yet delish!

When I first moved in with my BF in Sweden, I had no idea how to cook anything. I often asked my Mom for advice, but after practicing and tweaking I can say I’ve learned to make good dinners. The confidence in cooking also propelled me to try baking, which I was horribly apprehensive about.

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14.July.2011

Thanks for the recipe. Lucky for me, my husband loves to cook so I will get him to try this one! How about giving us some more beauty and fashion tips…like some of your favorite products and fashion looks this summer?

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14.July.2011

Yum! This looks so good I could eat the whole thing as a healthy snack/lunch!

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14.July.2011

Yummy! My husband is on sabbatical, and was in Israel for a while, and that inspired a weekly spreads/breads/marinated veggie salad menu for ‘meatless monday’. Diced veggies with a red wine vinegar dressing and fresh herbs=perfect summer side!

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That looks delicious! It’s like a Greek version of Mexican 7 layer bean dip :) Anything with cucumbers but especially quick pickled cucumbers with rice wine vinegar and fresh tomatoes are my favorite come summer time!

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14.July.2011

Hmm… The hubs and I just made about a gallon of hummus (literally… I got a little chickpea happy– and who knew those little dried up puppies would swell so much when you cook them??), so this might be a good way to use some of it up!

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14.July.2011

So great Dana! What brand of crackers do you prefer?

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replied on July 14th, 2011

Lisa – I usually buy whatever is cheapest at the moment. My favorite ones are the pita crackers that are available through Sam’s Club. I can’t remember the brand but they are sold as a set of two bags. Delish!

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Looks delicious!

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14.July.2011

Sounds good. I’ll definitely try it. I love all the ingredients, individually.

When my son, Jaz, was a little boy, I used to joke about finding the perfect (though impossible) cookbook called the ‘It’s Quick, It’s Healthy and Jaz’ll Eat It Cookbook’.

I hated cooking for years. Then, my kids grew up and I stopped working and now I love cooking. I’m more amazed than anyone else about this. I think it was just so unrelenting – every day, no matter how bad my day had been or how tired I was, I still had to think of something everyone would eat and then cook it and clean up, and they were never grateful.

Now, both of my kids are very adventurous eaters and they both cook really well. My daughter is dealing with her own picky eater. I try not to gloat.

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replied on July 14th, 2011

Caro – So you’re saying that in, oh, 12-15 years I’ll like cooking? Hehe.

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Look fab. I’ll be trying this one out! Thanks!

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14.July.2011

Wow that looks fantastic! I will definitely be trying this recipe, with some warm pita Yum!!! Congrats on the sale of your home as well, I really enjoying following your family’s progress on the Underdog.

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14.July.2011

Kashi just came out with a seasalt pita cracker that would be great with your dip! Here is the link and a printable $1 off coupon. http://kashi.com/pitacrisps

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replied on July 14th, 2011

Lisa – Thanks for the link to a coupon!

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14.July.2011

looks great! i love a new recipe to try out.

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15.July.2011

“So you’re saying that in, oh, 12-15 years I’ll like cooking? Hehe.”

Incredible as it seems now, it might happen. Not that it’s any comfort now. I feel your pain.

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Yum that looks so good and super easy. Thanks I will be making this in the future!

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15.July.2011

Cannot help it… this looks delicious and I think it would be even better if the red peppers were roasted!

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16.July.2011

I made this yesterday for a playdate snack. Boy was this dip a hit! I thought just the Mommies would like it…WRONG…the Mommies and the kiddos loved this. It is definitely going on regular rotation in our home. Thanks for the recipe.

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17.July.2011

I bought the ingrediants on the way to the sailboat on Friday night, whipped it up onboard for our hors d’ouevres and then had it for lunch the next day! Next time I’ll actually seed the cukes or use european cukes, as they added a bit too much liquid by day 2, but still, it tasted great! Cool, refreshing treat in the hot sun!

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20.July.2011

Can’t wait to try this, my fav summer recipe is Bruschetta, fresh tomatoes, basil, and onions
on a sliced baguette. YUM

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31.July.2011

I just made this recipe for a family reunion (we are scarfing it down as I type) and it is amazing! This was a huge hit – thanks!

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01.August.2011

Oh man that looks aaaaamazing. Like a healthy 7 layer bean dip from Greece. Thanks for sharing!

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01.August.2011

YUM… I just made this (minus the olives) and am eating it now! It’s fresh and summery tasting; filling, yet light! Perfect for a pre-yoga class snack! Thanks for sharing!

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06.August.2011

I made this today. It is delish! I love it, thanks for sharing.

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15.August.2011

Thank you for posting such a delicious, fresh, and simple recipe. My two boys and husband loved it! Cooking is not one of my top jobs either; however, some recipes simply lend themselves to be fabulous fake-outs ;) . I will be bringing this dish to the next family gathering.

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